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Sep 28, 2021

Having been named by Sports Illustrated as the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century, Jackie Joyner-Kersee's athletic credentials are unquestionably amongst the best ever in all of sporting history. A six-time Olympic medalist, including three Olympic gold medals, Joyner-Kersee dominated the Olympic heptathlon and long-jump events throughout her career which spanned four Olympic Games.  Astonishingly, despite the advancements in technology and training used by athletes around the world over the last two decades, she still holds the World Heptathlon Record she set over 20 years ago at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.

In addition to her remarkable accomplishments on the field of competition, Joyner-Kersee has defined her post-athletic career as a philanthropist, a dynamic public speaker, and a tireless advocate for children's education, health issues, racial equality, social reform, and women's rights. In 1988, she established the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation as the vehicle through which she provides youth, adults and families with the resources to improve their quality of life.

Moderated by Googler Lauren Whitt.

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